The Grand Tour: ‘It was stupid’ James May makes shock claim about Vietnam special

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Post-production on the Top Gear trio’s trip to Madagascar was postponed after The Grand Tour’s producer fell ill with coronavirus. Luckily, the former BBC team will return to Amazon Prime Video soon, and James May has revealed their latest adventure wasn’t quite as dangerous as their trip across Vietnam.


Only one episode of The Grand Tour’s fourth season has been released on Amazon so far, following producer Andy Wilman contracting COVID-19.

Thankfully, James May, Jeremy Clarkson and Richard Hammond’s journey to Madagascar has been confirmed to be released later this year.

In the meantime, fans are still waiting for the show to continue after the last episode, Seamen, was released in December 2019.

Departing from the show’s usual format, Seamen saw the ex-Top Gear hosts abandon their UK studio for an ambition trek across the Mekong River in Vietnam.

Of course, manning three different vessels across a 2,000 mile-long river proved more difficult than expected, and the three motorists ran into a number of issues.

Throughout the feature length special, the trio faced imminent death as they sailed through the eye of a storm.

Teasing the upcoming second episode of season four, James May made a bold claim about one of their most dangerous missions yet.

Of the trip to Madagascar he said: “It wasn’t as hairy as the boat one, which was stupid, on reflection.”

Some fans were disappointed when the trio left their cars at home for a set of decidedly unglamorous riverboats.

However, the episode was well-received and gripped fans when May and his two co-hosts encountered a dangerous rainstorm.

Thankfully, May, Clarkson and Hammond made it out alive, only to return to a worldwide pandemic that put an end to their planned trip to Russia.

May continued by hinting The Grand Tour team is now considering options in the UK for the last two specials for season four.

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He said: “The effects of lockdown on making TV shows is that we have to retract our ambitions for travel.

“It’s not just, ‘Can we get on an aeroplane and go somewhere?’ but, ‘Are we going to be able to do anything when we get there?’”

Official government advice is still advising against non-essential travel to many countries and territories overseas, so Amazon is limited as to where to send The Grand Tour next.

Amid the presenters’ trip to Russia being cancelled, May floated the possibilities of travelling somewhere closer to home for the next episode.

He added: “You’d struggle to go to a part of the world that’s better looking than Scotland and it’s on our doorstep, along with Cornwall and Dorset and Wales and the Ring of Kerry in Ireland.

“There are all sorts of lovely places without having to go too far. Everything is postponed, it’s not cancelled.”

Nothing has been confirmed yet, and Amazon may need to wait and see how the news of a potential second wave of coronavirus develops before setting plans in motion.

The Grand Tour presents… Seamen is available to stream on Amazon Prime Video.

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